Jimmy Hoffa: Former Underboss Knows Where He’s Buried

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After almost forty years, a former high-ranking member of Detroit’s La Cosa Nostra says he knows where Jimmy Hoffa is buried and he wants to end his silence about it once and for all.

Tony Zerilli, who at one time rose to the ranks of “underboss”–or second in command–in the infamous crime family, says that while he was in prison when Hoffa was killed, he knows what happened, who did it, and where the body is buried. And while he maintains that he’s not a stool pigeon and won’t give up any names, he does want to put an end to the mystery of what happened to the legendary mafia figure.

Zerilli says that Hoffa went to meet two people–an alleged member of the Detroit mafia and a teamster from New Jersey–at a restaurant in Detroit that summer day in 1975, and ended the day buried less than twenty miles away from that diner. He says he was close to the boss and still regrets that he’d just been pinched for illegal activities in some Vegas casinos.

“If I wasn’t away I don’t think it ever would’ve happened, that’s all I can tell you,” said Zerilli. “I would’ve done anything in the world to protect Jim Hoffa.”

While there have been many, many stories and “leads” concerning the whereabouts of Hoffa’s remains over the years, FBI agents say they are hopeful that this could be the lead that actually goes somewhere. Certainly Zerilli would have been informed of what happened once he was out of prison.

“Clearly when he returned he would’ve been a person, based on his position in the hierarchy, who would have been able to learn the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance of James Earl Hoffa,” said U.S. Attorney Keith Corbett.

One very big thing working against Zerilli, however, is the fact that he is now 85-years old and in desperate need of money. He is working on a book about his story and hopes he can cash in when Hoffa’s body is found where he says it was buried.

Jimmy Hoffa: Former Underboss Knows Where He’s Buried
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  • http://yahoo WHebert

    badda bim , badda boom who gives a damn about Jimmy Hoffa

    • jimmythepainter

      Yeah just like nobody is gonna give a f**k when your parents die either….loser

  • Harry Shapiro

    Although Jimmy Hoffa was playing ball with the Mafia (in those days if you didn’t you’d get nothing done), he was not a member of the Mafia. Nor was he a puppet. If he had been he would’ve left that diner and gone on with his day. The man is painted in such a negative light already, to add inaccuracies is tasteless and hurtful to the Hoffa family. Not to mention it is shoddy and sophomoric journalism.

    • Richard

      Thanks for the comment. I too noticed how this “journalist” commuted Hoffa from a union leader into a mafia boss as if the two were the same. So far off and really sad how others have defined unions.

  • J. Hancock

    Everybody has known for 40 years. Jimmy has been the CORNERSTONE of what the Union Bosses of the Teamsters call. A Man of Stone Cold Character.

  • John Flechas

    The deal about Hoffa’s body being under one of the end zones in a stadium is nothing new. However, if what Mr. Zerilli is saying is true, it would certainly shed light on a piece of history many have pondered about every so often. True, in today’s era, Hoffa’s disappearance would not matter to many, But, should Zerilli’s claim be backed up with actual evidence, it still brings a compelling mystery to a closer conclusion. From a historic standpoint, I hope Mr. Zerilli’s story has some veracity.

  • James

    Hoffa’s middle name was “Riddle”, not Earl. He ate his last meal at the Macus Red Fox.

  • Jimmy Hoffa

    Dead? What the hell’s y’all talking about? Been staking out in Cuba for years you fool’s. If I was buried, Nicki wouldn’t of killed Marko them two days later. Not to mention killin Speno out in Vegas in a hole out in the desert after giving me some trouble, and what i founds out in that dinner that day in Detroit.



    • John Flechas

      Spot on Gary!! Hoffa may have been a lot of things, but one thing’s for certain — he represented his members well. He was 150% into getting what he could for the membership he looked after. Don’t think there was ever a doubt.

      • jimmythepainter

        150% ??? wow another fricken genius

    • jimmythepainter

      what the hell are you yelling about?…apparently the 2 bucks an hour was acceptable…you did take the job right?

  • FredGarvin

    Witness protection rebuttal. Not saying it didn’t happen, but a couple of things make be believe this is not the case.

    The mob of that era has been gone for decades so my guess is within the past 20 years it would have been safe for him to leave the program and return to his family and hit the talk show circuit. Also, had he been in the program he would have been long dead by now and it would have been safe to release this information to the public.

    I am leaning away from this theory.

  • nordquist120@yahoo.com

    Mr. Hoffa’s name was James RIDDLE Hoffa, not James EARL Hoffa.

  • Mashman

    ALL union members are socialist SCUM!!! I’d rather buy cheap crap from China, than support a union shop!

    I wish ALL union members would find their way into a shallow grave somewhere!

    • Gregory A. Rapp

      The person that wrote this article needs to correct their information! His middle name was Riddle not Earl!

    • Fehk You

      I’m a union member and I make just over $43 an hour in my envelope $78 total package to do next to nothing EVERY SINGLE DAY working for the Gov. Thanks A-hole! Now go crawl back into your misrable hole and go collect your welfare check. Cause as far as society goes…YOU’RE the BIGGEST SCUMBAG OF ALL!!! Bwahahahaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • dave

      You suck. Obviously you’re not in a Union. The whole u.s. government are socialists. Whats wrong with better wages and benefits?

      • walt

        Amen brother…IAMAW………Local 79

    • michael

      then move to china they only have 1 union called communism now go get lost at walmart asshole

    • jimmy hoffa

      Oh my god You are a douchbag!

    • rabnjb

      You are just some right wing nut bag who still can not believe the REPUBLATERDS lost the election! You should be in your backyard digging a shelter and buying beef jerky.

    • walt

      People like YOU are the reason this country is in the shape it’s in. Get out of the USA, you SCUM.

    • jimmythepainter

      your exactly what is WRONG with America today….dont stop at supporting the child labor using countries….MOVE THERE

  • Errnest

    No One Will Ever Find The Body, Hoffa was Made Into Dog Food!

    • vince

      Woof Woof just like my homework my dog ate it lol

  • Raymondprimrose@rocketmail.com

    Dead and buried is not the case. Dead and gone is the case. Death insects done eaten and took his flesh and bones to places never to be seen again after all these years have gone by. And this mobster who’s 85 years old cannot remember where he left his teeth yet he says he knows where Jimmy Hoffa chopped up body is. ”That’s right chopped up and fed to the sharks !” Everybody thinks Jimmy is buried when in reality he is tossed. ”Tossed out at sea !”

  • Paul GC

    Sounds like horsehockey to me. I’ve heard the exact same story from so many of these old mobster guys over the last 4 decades now, that it’s a joke. They all claim they either know what happened, know who did the hit, and/or know where the body’s buried, and they all turn out to be horsehockey once they’re investigated. Stories. That’s all they are; just stories, to get attention. Nothing more. The details change a little bit from story to story, but that’s all. None of them ever go anywhere. This story will probably end up just like all the rest & turn out to be just as empty as Al Capone’s vault.

  • jeff

    And because of unions look what we have now no jobs. They all went overseas for cheaper labor and no unions! All our jobs are buried with Jimmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bob

      @ Jeff, You can thank Unions for safer workplaces, 40 hour weeks, and a minimum wage. Unions have nothing to do with jobs leaving overseas whatsoever…do your research.

      • Roger

        You can thank unions for safer workplaces, 40 hour weeks and a minimum wage. So what you are saying is that if we never had unions, none of those things would have ever been created. You don’t think that Congress or the states would have at some point come around and made the changes without the unions? Yeah, America would be a bunch of sweatshops with out unions. Whatever. Quit drinking the Kool-Aid.

        • Rich

          If you think congress would have done something about working conditions and minimum wage you are drinking the “head in the sand” Kool-aid. Have you ever known congress to do ANYTHING without being pushed?

          • Bill

            From my experience, mostly what congress does is raise there own position in life, with salaries, and retirements, with full pay, only after a four year term. They are exempt from all the laws that govern us. ie. Any part of Oboma care. They live like royalty , above the law, while we make the country what it is, and take the scraps they drop.

        • Brad

          Yes! you drink your flavor and he’ll drink his.

        • mondo

          you r right if it was’t for jimmy hoffa i would’t be retired right now he took care of all the teamsters works and its not his fault that jobs when over sea its r new government that let this happen and who put these people in power we did so thing about.

      • Rich

        Bob you are absolutely right. Corporate greed is what sent jobs overseas. Don’t they realize that if the middle class disappears they will have no place to sell their products. Henry Ford realized that a hundred years ago when he paid his workers 3 times more than other factory workers. When asked why by the other rich moguls he replied.”If my workers can’t afford to buy my products, who will?” He got it and he was definitely not a union lover.

    • Ed Taylor

      If it had not been for Jimmy Hoffa all the truckers would still be making .25 a mile also ever time we got a raise you got one also.It is the greedy owners of a company that move over seas so you can draw minium wage at you flip a burger job.From a retired TEAMSTER and DAMN PROUD of it

    • Don

      Congress was lobbied to change the laws to cheaper for imports and to have the majority of the item made overseas and US workers would finish it up. Shirts were made overseas and we sewed the buttons on. Congress was also lobbied to change the status of an employee so that they could import more contract workers and pay them less, thereby pulling US workers wages down and allowing corporations to keep more of their profits for themselves. Congress would have done nothing to protect jobs or wages and really could care less about you unless it is time for elections.

  • http://Yahoo Lolalove

    Hopefully they find his remains…….

  • Todd Milelr

    Amanda again. She gets the interesting stories. WTG! keep up the good work.

  • Maxine Freeman

    So what I read in book about the son of the “Godfather” is not true?

  • http://NationalShowTickets.com National Show Tickets

    It would be nice to finally put this to rest and know what happened. Lots of speculation but whenever a book is written you have to wonder if it is just about selling books or if there is any meat in the story. I would like to know though! So will probably buy his book.

  • michael simmons

    im sure we all would like to know where jimmy hoffa is

  • pedro fernandez

    let’s make it into a pay-per-view and charge $49.95 and then we end up with some chicken bones and a rack of consumed spare ribs.

  • flo

    Ain’t no bug eat him up, ain’t no fish eat him up. He’s in the concrete footer of one hospital. Is true ya won’t find him. God knows where he is!

  • http://yahoo kitty

    if zerilli wanted to get this over with he would tell the fbi now.it has to be for the money.

  • ward

    James “Earl”??!! Hoffa, James Riddle Hoffa. James Earl Ray is the assassin of Martin Luther King…

  • ghostjohn

    It’s a Cookbook, 😛

    • http://shaun-webb.com Shaun

      It is!! To serve man!!

  • http://shaun-webb.com Shaun

    These guys love to send the feds on wild goose chases and the feds are more than gullible enough to let it happen. They’ll never find Hoffa no matter who says what. This mobster laughs his a** off as soon as the reporters, feds, and anyone else involved steps out the door. He really gets a kick when they spend a month and hundreds of thousands of dollars digging up old button-hooks and tin foil. Hilarious.

  • just saying

    Call Giraldo (Hill-rad-oh)cant spell, have big show of diapointment like, THE AL CAPONE EMPTY VAULT.

  • Jerry

    You think congress would come around… it’s 2013 and your congress is about to hold the country hostage with some debt ceiling freeze which will again lower our countries AAA rating -which in turn sours the economy.. which also affects the economy of other countries… And you know all that money we owe China… They will be able to increase the percentage rate they are charging us for that money we owe…Just like your credit rating affects how you borrow money. Wake up Tea Party supporters.. You are too stupid to govern and to weak to debate.

  • dan casey

    Interesting how history repeats itself. The Union are once again controlled by the mob. But now, their head boss is Obama.

    • Sharon

      This was a humorous but true statement. Good use of language.
      Hope more people actually share this view. Thanks Dan Casey for my laugh of the day.

    • james wonton

      thats just a stupid remark


        it’s true

  • Dean Martini

    Jimmy is down in South America with Elvis.

  • ? maureen

    The mob usually gets rid of bodies so they are never found,unless they are trying to leave a msg. mr. Z is finally singing because of his book deal. None of the mobsters responsible for the hit on Hoffa are alive now. Z needs the money now.!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Paul Rodregez

    After all this time, does anyone but the FBI care where this man is buried? Its not like finding him will bring him back or even lead to the person responsible for his demise. As for Mr. Zerilli wishing to clear his conscience, well one does not look for money to do so. Just give the FBI the whereabouts and be done with it.

  • Cathy

    He must be alive. I have seen his name on every Rest Area along the major highways in the US. Along with James Dean, Elvis, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, I have even seen John F. Kennedy’s name. Of course these names were entered and I used to see those names on those registers, at least 15yrs. ago. They may have passed away by now.

  • Joseph Blowe

    JImmy Hoffa was a POS murdering killer (ordered the Jock Zablonski family killed including an innocent wife and daughter), so he got exactly what he deserved! Who give a sh** where he’s buried as long is positively dead! That’s what counts! “What goes around, comes around!”

  • http://yahoo JIM GUNDER

    james R.Hoffa, one person called him a mafia person,Jimmie was not even italian………….I was a member of the #299 jimmies local president, before he was President.In Detroit, and he did more for th truck divers back then40’s 50’s a great man and yes i have been to hos house ewhen james jr was just a nice kid, now he took his fathers place,we all knew Chuckie hs step son had something to do with it, but all heresay, a great man a bigger loss,God bless you Jimmie

  • YourWorseNightmare

    He must still be alive, at least 15 yrs. ago I saw his name entered on a Rest Area Registry along I71, for travelers to sign their name and where they are from and where they are going. Among such names were his, John F Kennedy, Elvis, and various other entertainers. Like I said it was at least 15yrs ago, they may be passed away by now. (NOT a true story)

  • Heemster

    they will never find him stop wasting money please

  • Don Kebals

    Hoffa is still alive I swear he is the greeter at a walmart in Texas

  • Social Bob

    We all know Jimmy sleeps wit da fishes

  • Brian

    In the Iceman Confessions he claims he killed Hoffa while working for the Gambino family.

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